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The Rising Fame of Kaminska, 1909


The Rising Fame of Kaminska, 1909


This newspaper article appeared in the Forward in August of 1909, on Kaminska's arrival in the United States. As the editor explains in his introduction to an interview the reporter conducted with Kaminska, the newspaper sent the reporter to the boat for an exclusive interview with the arriving Yiddish actress. Only recently, Kaminska had earned rave reviews from Russian, Polish, and Yiddish-speaking audiences that had infected American theater-goers with great curiosity about the 37 year-old actor. The reporter took a chug boat to the Lucitania in order to interview the actress before she reaches the pier and clears customs. Dovid Kessler...who will play opposite her on the stage at the Thalia Theater waits for her on the pier.


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